DIY Lump of Coal

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With Christmas just 4 months away it’s time to start thinking about gift ideas.

We all know someone who deserves this one 😉

These little fake pieces of coal are fun and easy to make.

Cover a piece of paper with craft glue, scrunch it up and let it dry.

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If you’re planning on turning it into a necklace or earrings poke a hole through it using a darning needle then feed your head pin through the hole.  You can do this before or after it’s dry.

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*NOTE* I included links to a few helpful youtube videos below for making jewelry and a cute little gift box.

After the glue is dry, paint it black.  When that dries brush on some gold or silver metallic paint.   Wipe it off while the paint is still wet so you get just a slight sparkle.

If you add too much just go over it again with black paint.  You can also add some glitter if you want more sparkle.

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Snazz it up and wrap it up!!!

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make your own gift box  ➸  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czNH7kyt7ng

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how to tie an adjustable knot for a necklace  ➸  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnft-ewGbqQ

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how to make earrings  ➸  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hl3Y8SkafEc

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Anyway 😉

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DIY Step ‘n Wash

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I’m not a professional woodworker but I do have fun with a few small tools.

I was able to make this stool for 1/4 of  the  price it would cost to buy one and it was pretty easy to make so I thought I would share.

Using a jigsaw cut 2 pieces out of your choice of wood into an “L” shape.  I used 2 pieces of pine shelving – 16″ x 36″ each

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Drill holes big enough to get your jigsaw blade through to cut out the handles.

Use the extra pieces from the sides for the steps. The 1st step is 7 1/2″ high and the top step is 15″ high.

Measure and drill 4 pilot holes for the screws on each step side and drill a bigger hole to countersink the screws and add wooden plugs to cover the screws.

how to countersink a wood screw here

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Sand all the edges and handles, then paint it or stain it.

To personalize it trace your pattern onto tracing paper then transfer it onto the stool using white or black graphite paper.

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Once the 1st side was painted I retraced it onto tracing paper and flipped it to do the other side.

I kept a picture on my phone and my computer to refer to while I painted the second side.

You could do your personalizing before you put it together which would make it easier to maneuver while you’re painting

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Lay the stool down on a piece of mdf , trace it and cut out for a back piece. Glue and nail it on.  I measured and added 2 front pieces under each step for extra support (optional).

I finished it off with a coat of outdoor water based varnish that will protect it from all the water splashes from little people climbing up to wash their hands, brush their teeth or help with the dishes etc 🙂

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❤❤❤ little miss independent ❤❤❤

Anyway 😉

Upcycled for Easter

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EB

So you may have noticed that I haven’t blogged since October.  I’ve changed my mind about blogging about every little I make.   I’ve decided (for now) that I will probably only blog when I feel I have something good and crafty to share with you which is why I am here today.

This Easter Basket took me 30 minutes to make.  It’s pretty darn cute and it’s recycling plastic. Cans will work too.  All you need is a glue gun, some quilt batting (optional) and some material and the possibilities are endless.  You can use ice cream, margarine, yogurt, salad containers, coffee cans etc!!!

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add a big bow on the front or two little bows on the handles and you have yourself a cute little basket!

EB

anyway 😉